I’ll have several announcements to make in the next few days, because I have not one but three new books out. But don’t worry, this blog won’t turn into wall to wall promotion. It’s just a case of weird timing.
The first project I want to announce is massive anthology that was over a year in the making. And while we’re on the subject of anthologies, I also want to introduce you to the brand-new Anthology page on this site, which lists all anthologies to which I have contributed.
Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s an anthology of 101 flash fiction stories across different genres and styles by 101 different indie authors. The anthology was sparked by an idea by Hugh Howey (who also contributed a story) and was edited by Belgian writer Andrew Ashling, who writes some cracking good epic fantasy with gay protagonists, when he’s not editing anthologies.
The anthology was intended as a sampler for the breadth of genres and styles found in indie publishing. So whatever your reading preferences, you’re certain to find something in there you’ll enjoy. And who knows, you might just discover a new favourite writer.
Best of all, Stories to Go is available for free at most major e-book vendors. Yes, you read that correctly. The anthology is free (or 99 cents at those Amazon stores that couldn’t be bothered to pricematch). So what are you waiting for? Pick up your copy now!
Hugh Howey launched the idea on Kboards, a forum for Kindle readers, but also the meeting place of an active community of indie writers.
The result is this anthology of 101 very short stories by 101 authors.
To make it more attractive for you, the reader, we set ourselves a limit of a thousand words. You should be able to read each story in under five minutes — on your desktop computer, laptop, or tablet at home or in the office, but also on your smartphone, on the go, while you are commuting or waiting at a coffee shop for your significant other to arrive.
We included as many genres as we could. We hope that maybe, with only five minutes of your time on the line that would otherwise be wasted anyway, you’ll be tempted to venture outside your comfort zone and try out some new genres and new authors.
Stories by: Micah Ackerman, Caddy Rowland, Monica La Porta, Sam Kates, Lanette Curington, Ela Lond, Livia Harper, Griffin Carmichael, Selina Fenech, Mark Gardner, Ellisa Barr, Marilyn Vix, Jean Louise, Sheryl Fawcett, Nathan Williams, K.D. Hendriks, Wendy C. Allenn (Eelkat), Lindy Moone, Andrew Ashling, David J. Normoyle, Jack Lusted, H.S. Stone, Craig Halloran, Cherise Kelley, George Berger, Jamie Campbell, Amelia Smith, H.S. St.Ours, Melisse Aires, Cora Buhlert, Philip Harris, Emily Martha Sorensen, Raquel Lyon, Samuel Clements, Dulce Rolindeax, Julie Ann Dawson, J.T. Hall, Roz Marshall, Vincent Trigili, J.E. Taylor, Hugh Howey, Samuel Peralta, Daniel R. Marvello, John L. Monk, Hudson Owen, Stella Wilkinson, Susan C. Daffron, Anya Kelly, Rachel Aukes, Anya Allyn, Zelah Meyer, Nicolas Wilson, Jennifer Lewis, Toni Dwiggins, Derek Neville, D.D. Parker, Keith Rowland, Ruth Nestvold, P.D. Singer, Quinn Richardson, Peter J. Michaels, Daniel Wallock, Thea Atkinson, Lisa Grace, Matt Ryan, Vanna Smythe, Geraldine Evans, MeiLin Miranda, Beverly Farr, Sarah L. Carter, Tony Bertauski, Edward M. Grant, Misti Wolanski, Erik Feka, Dee Gabbledon, Becca Price, Arrington Flynn, L.E. Parin, Darrin Perrez, Frank Zubek, Rachel Elizabeth Cole, Matthew W. Grant, Michael Coorlim, Maren Hayes, Tony Held, Allan Körbes, Tiffany Cherney, Landon Porter, Kathy Molyneaux, Drew Avera, SB Jones, Bob Summer, E.A. Linden, Sarra Cannon, Carol Kean, Kristy Tate, Jos van Brussel, John March, Nadia Nader, R.M. Prioleau, Joel Ansel
Get it for FREE at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Netherlands, Amazon Spain, Amazon Italy, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, Amazon Brazil, Amazon Japan, Amazon India, Amazon Mexico, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, Scribd and Inktera.
My own contribution to the anthology is called “Heiligenloh”. It’s a contemporary romance set in this lovely North West German village.
I found the real Heiligenloh in much the same way that my hero Marco finds it, because of a detour due to the road closure while I was on my way to my teaching job at the University of Vechta. Humpe’s grocery store is a real place, too, and one where I frequently stopped for some groceries on the way home. Alas, the romance is entirely fictional.